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Get It Fresh - Discover Weekly Farmers' Markets - Page 6 Buy Direct From The Farms - Explore The Bounty of The Region - Pages 24 & 25 Availability Chart • Farm Tours & Maps • Culinary Events Calendar


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Why buy direct from the farmer?

• T  ASTE THE DIFFERENCE At farm market stands and markets, most local produce has been picked inside of 24 hours. It comes to you ripe, fresh and with its full flavour. Close to home foods are grown for taste rather than to withstand the abuse of shipping or industrial harvest. • K  NOW WHAT YOU’RE EATING Get to know the growers who produce the food you serve to your family, friends and customers, and learn how they grow their product and run their farms.

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The Comox Valley Growers Guide is a joint venture between the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market and Comox Valley Farmers Institute, with support provided by Comox Valley Economic Development, Ministry of Agriculture and the Comox Valley Echo.

• U  NDERSTAND THE SEASONS OF EATING When you eat locally, you eat what’s in season. When you eat what is in season, you support the local producers and economy year round, while avoiding energy consumption required for shipping of food products from other regions and countries. • D  ISCOVER THE COMOX VALLEY’S BOUNTY Visiting farms and markets is a way to be a tourist in your own town. Check out the three tours on pages 26, 27 & 28 •B  E HEALTHY Eating more fresh food at its nutritional peak just makes sense.

How to use this Guide: Listings with the Farmers head icon are at the Farmers’ Market. P 11—43 A  ll farms and producers who offer u-pick, tours, market stands, and buy-direct products are listed with their business details including products, services, and hours of operation. The numbers beside each listing correspond to their location as indicated on the maps. P 26—28 L ooking for a rural adventure while you grocery shop? Sub-region farm driving tours can be found on pages 26-28 showing the location of farms, producers, agricultural attractions and market stands. P 30 A seasonal Availability Chart can be found on page 30 to help you plan your shopping and meals.

For further developments on the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market Centre including information about the capital campaign visit www.comoxvalleyfarmersmarket.com or on Facebook.com/Comox Valley Farmers’ Market - Growing a Legacy.

Want to Expand Your Agribusiness or Invest in Agriculture? Contact Comox Valley Economic Development, 1-877-848-2427 or info@investcomoxvalley.com

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Advertising inquiries for the Growers Guide should be directed to the Comox Valley Echo, (250) 334-4722 or kcurrie@comoxvalleyecho.com

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POULTRY/EGGS

2 4 13 16 17 23 26 27 29 30 34 46 49 52 56 58 61 62 63 66 69

Amara Farm Ash Berry Farm Celiam Acres Cottage Farm D.K.T. Farm Fir Ridge Farm Gya Glyn Farm Halstead Farm Hazel’s Creek Farm Hazelmere Farms Ironwood Farm Paradise Meadows Poultry Rankeillour Farm Rusty Gate Meadows Seeds Food Market Shamrock Farm Stone Croft Farm Stoney Bog Farm Tannadice Farms Ltd. Victorian Acres Farm Windhover Farm

MEAT 4 Ash Berry Farm 7 Beaver Meadow Farms / Natural Pastures Cheese & Beef 12 Cedar Meadow Ranch 13 Celiam Acres 16 Cottage Farm 17 D.K.T. Farm 22 Finlay Creek Farm 23 Fir Ridge Farm 24 Glen Alwin Farm 25 Gunter Bros. Meat Co. Ltd. 26 Gya Glyn Farm 27 Halstead Farm 31 Holmefarm 35 Island Bison 41 McClintock’s Farm 46 Paradise Meadows Poultry 55 Seaview Game Farm 56 Seeds Food Market 62 Stoney Bog Farm 63 Tannadice Farms Ltd. 66 Victorian Acres Farm 69 Windhover Farm

CHEESE/DAIRY

7 Beaver Meadow Farms / Natural Pastures Cheese & Beef 64 Tree Island Gourmet Yogurt

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Anderton Nursery Ashprington Farm Cottage Farm Finlay Creek Farm Happy Hound Hydrangea & Produce Farm Innisfree Farm Ironwood Farm Island Dahlias Kate’s Flowers Nature’s Way Farm Outback Nursery River Meadow Nursery & Turf Shamrock Farm Valley Succulents Watrin Orchard/Garlic Ranch/ Angelina’s Gourmet Weinberg’s Good Food

FRUIT

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29 30 33 34 41 42 44 47 48 51 53 56 58 60 61 62 67

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Ashprington Farm Bee Happy Farm Berry Best Farm Celiam Acres Circle K Blueberry Ranch Cottage Farm Gya Glyn Farm Happy Hound Hydrangea & Produce Farm Hazel’s Creek Farm Hazelmere Farms Innisfree Farm Ironwood Farm McClintock’s Farm McGinnis Berry Crops Ltd. Nature’s Way Farm Pattison Farms Pressing Matter Ross Mountain Farm Scrumpy’s Apple Press Seeds Food Market Shamrock Farm Simply Divine Honey & Herbals Stone Croft Farm Stoney Bog Farm Watrin Orchard/Garlic Ranch/ Angelina’s Gourmet Windhover Farm

BAKING 1 Alderlane Farmhouse Bakery 17 D.K.T. Farm 37 Just Like Mom’s Homemade Baking 39 Little Orca Bakery

VEGETABLES

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61 62 67 68 69

Amara Farm Ash Berry Farm Berry Best Farm Celiam Acres Cottage Farm D.K.T. Farm Devonshire Farm Eatmore Sprouts & Greens Ltd. Finlay Creek Farm Fir Ridge Farm Gya Glyn Farm Halstead Farm Happy Hound Hydrangea & Produce Farm Hazel’s Creek Farm Hazelmere Farms Innisfree Farm Ironwood Farm McClintock’s Farm Nature’s Way Farm Pattison Farms Ross Mountain Farm Seal Bay Farm Seaview Game Farm Seeds Food Market Shamrock Farm Sieffert Farm Market (Lazo & Tyee Farm Ltd.) Stone Croft Farm Stoney Bog Farm Watrin Orchard/Garlic Ranch/ Angelina’s Gourmet Weinberg’s Good Food Windhover Farm

WINE 6 Beaufort Vineyard and Estate Winery 11 Blue Moon Estate Winery, Ciderworx and Kitchen 15 Coastal Black Estate Winery 32 Hornby Island Estate Winery

SEAFOOD 20 Estevan Tuna Corp. 21 Fanny Bay Oysters Seafood Shop 40 Macs Oysters

HONEY

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Bee Happy Farm Big D’s Bees D.K.T. Farm Shamrock Farm Simply Divine Honey & Herbals Watrin Orchard/Garlic Ranch/ Angelina’s Gourmet

HAY/FEED 12 Cedar Meadow Ranch 31 Holmefarm 52 Rusty Gate Meadows 57 Servante Farm 66 Victorian Acres Farm

CERTIFIED ORGANIC British Columbia Certified Organic

2 Amara Farm 7 Beaver Meadow Farms / Natural Pastures Cheese & Beef 9 Berry Best Farm 14 Circle K Blueberry Ranch 19 Eatmore Sprouts & Greens Ltd. 27 Halstead Farm 30 Hazelmere Farms 34 Ironwood Farm 47 Pattison Farms 51 Ross Mountain Farm 7 Beaver Meadow Farms / Natural Pastures Cheese & Beef 13 Celiam Acres 16 Cottage Farm 29 Hazel’s Creek Farm 32 Hornby Island Estate Winery 36 Island Dahlias 41 McClintock’s Farm 44 Nature’s Way Farm 49 Rankeillour Farm 51 Ross Mountain Farm 54 Seal Bay Farm 67 Watrin Orchard/Garlic Ranch/ Angelina’s Gourmet


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Get fresh at the Comox Valley Farmers Market

Set in a Valley blessed to be home to hundreds of farms, the Comox Valley Farmers Market brings the freshest harvest to you in a fun festive family event, year round. Each week thousands of shoppers come to see what’s fresh from our local farms. And when they do, they are supporting the farmers and producers who make this Valley a recognized culinary destination. Comox Valley farmers offer a vast harvest of freshly picked vegetables and fruits, bison, beef and lamb, turkey, chicken and pork, as well as sustainably harvested salmon, halibut and tuna, shrimp and prawns. Local processors offer yogurt, gelato and award winning cheeses, beekeepers bring their honey, and there are a number of take home and ready to eat meal offerings, sauces and soups, pies and pastries, and an array of amazing baked goods including artisan breads and gluten free options as well as safe and effective body products from sunscreen to lip balm – all locally made by the folks you’ll meet while you shop. Look for the Comox Valley Farmers Market logo on the farm listings to see who’s at the market.

Fresh Seafood

All kinds, All the time! Denman Ferry Landing (Exit 101) Hwy 19

Apr to Sept 9am - 6 pm Mar to Oct 10am - 6 pm Tel: 250-335-1198 Below Buckley Bay Petrocan Station

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The Comox Valley Farmers Market runs 9-12 Saturdays year round; from April until October at the Exhibition grounds, and from late October until April in the Native Son’s Hall. Watch for the Wednesday market July through SIN CE 19 9 2 September in downtown Courtenay. Plus June to September every 3rd Thursday of the month in Comox.

Come for the freshness, stay for the fun!

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Alderlane Farmhouse Bakery

Glenn and Sharon Janzen

Phone: 250-337-4004 Email: glenn.sharonjanzen@gmail.com 2057 Kelland Road, Black Creek, BC

Looking for fresh cinnamon buns and buttery croissants? We have them at the Comox Valley Farmers' Market. Everything is created from scratch and our reward for hard work is having customers return weekly for their favorite sweet or savory treat, be it a spinach and feta croissant, almond danish or a sticky cinnamon bun. Our booth also offers bread, Mennonite Sausage & wheat-free granola. Phone Thursday for "Fresh Friday" pick up, or come to market Saturday.

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Amara Farm

Arzeena Hamir & Neil Turner

Phone: 250-702-5657 Email: amarafarm@gmail.com 2641 Kirby Road, Courtenay, BC

Our family farm grows garlic, greens, tomatoes, peppers, squash & so much more. Visit us at the farm or at the Farmer's Market. We grow year-round. Sign up for our 20 week vegetable box at www.mervilleorganics.com. Certified Organic in 2013! Specializing in Garlic with over 10 varieties. Also home of the Comox Valley Garlic Fest. August 10, 2014, 12pm to 4pm. Enjoy live music, food & vendors refreshments, sample tastings off the farm's famous jam, garlic braiding workshops, tours and face painting and hay jumping for the kids.

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Anderton Nursery Karl Opelka & Ellen Presley

Phone: 250-339-4726 Website: www.andertonnursery.ca 2012 Anderton Rd., Comox, B.C.

Large wholesale and retail nursery producing an enormous array of annuals; over 900 varieties of perennials; great selection of pond plants and herbs; and offering a wide selection of trees and shrubs for your garden. Hanging baskets specialists for wholesale, contracts and custom designs. Knowledgeable staff to serve you and help you plan your garden. Home of the Anderton Therapeutic Garden and garden writer Ellen Presley. Open every day from March 1 to November 1.


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Culinary Events The Comox Valley’s culinary scene is serving up some amazing events. Learn about the culture of food and wine, take a farm tour, or enjoy a wide range of culinary feasts. Inspired farmers and food producers have combined forces with farmers’ markets, restaurants, and specialty events to provide everyone with a succulent experience.

Comox Valley Farmers’ Market Saturdays 9am-12pm Year Round See Page 7 for additional dates

Flavour: The North Islands Gourmet Picnic September 21

BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival

Comox Valley Whiskey Fest

Alpine Wine Festival & Wine Pairing Dinner

Dine Around the Comox Valley

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February 18 - March 15, 2015

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DID YOU KNOW: Out of a total of over 23,000 hectares of agricultural land in the Comox Valley, less than half is actively farmed while other regions of British Columbia utilize 90%, providing excellent investment opportunities in the Comox Valley’s agrifood sector! Read testimonials from Comox Valley farmers and producers about what makes the Comox Valley the ideal agri-investment region at:

AgrifoodComoxValley.com

Proud to Represent the Comox Valley Don McRae, M.L.A. (Comox Valley) 437 5th Street, Courtenay BC tel: 250.703.2422 fax:250.703.2425 email: don.mcrae.mla@leg.bc.ca www.donmcraemla.bc.ca

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What is Lush Valley? Lush Valley Food Action Society is a charitable, non-profit community grassroots organization focusing on food security. We support food related projects to educate and empower the people of the Comox Valley towards personal wellness, community health, and environmental stewardship.

Some of our programs include... TUES. POCKET MARKET 3-6PM • Local Seasonal Vegetables and Fruit • Bulk and Preserved Food • Local Farmers CSA Box Pick Up HARVESTING & GARDENING SERVICES • 100 Fruit Tree Program volunteers available to help you share your harvest with the community • Backyard garden sharing program • Share the Harvest Community Garden

FOOD EDUCATION • Young Cooks, a free food skills program for youth • Food Skills for Families, a free Canadian Diabetes Association cooking program • Community Kitchens, free shared cooking and educational workshops INCUBATOR KITCHEN • Commercial kitchen rental with storage space • Advertising and store front for your products

LUSH: Let Us Share the Harvest T: 250-331-0152 e: admin@lushvalley.org First Insurance is proud to support Lush Valley Food Action Society by sponsoring this placement in the Comox Valley Grower’s Guide. Consider contributing to Lush Valley and support food security in your community.

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Ash Berry Farm Don & Lousia McClellan

Phone: 250-336-8872 Email: Littlepigs3@gmail.com Website: www.ashberyfarm.ca 3210 Royston Road, Courtenay, BC

We will no longer be producing strawberries for the public. After a few seasons of rain and a total loss in 2013 we have decided it is best for our family to discontinue the strawberry patch. We will continue to produce chickens, turkeys, pork, garlic and rhubarb. We have leased some of our farmland to Dave of Three Little Pigs - a farmer specializing in organic pickling cukes and garlic among other things. Please contact Dave at Littlepigs3@gmail.com to order your pickling cukes. (Ready early August.) We are happy to have Dave on our farm working the land providing fresh produce for the Comox Valley. Thank you to all our loyal strawberry customers, and well, our apologies too.

5 Ashprington Farm Robin and Diana Woodrow

Phone: 250-218-0142 Email: dmwoodrow@shaw.ca Website: www.ospreystoneandbamboo.com 5157 N.Island Hwy., Courtenay, BC, V9J 1N2

Come and discover our unique farm featuring over 12,000 cedar hedging trees of six different species. Watch for our pumpkins in October. Landscape rock, flagstone, stone steppers, stone lanterns, water features, pond plants, ornamental grasses and many varieties of running and clumping bamboo are available all season. We are trying to retire. If you know anyone who wants a 5 acre nursery, landscape supply business phone Robin! Thanks for supporting farm markets!

Beaver Meadow Farms / Vineyard and 7& Beef Natural Pastures Cheese 6 Beaufort Estate Winery Mark Timmermans

Phone: 250-338-1357 Email: greatwines@beaufortwines.ca Website: www.beaufortwines.ca 5854 Pickering Road, Courtenay

Small, friendly, family-run Estate Winery! Proud to be the first in the Comox Valley - one of Canada's top agricultural and culinary destinations. Come taste and purchase our Award-Winning handcrafted wines at our on-site Wine Shop! Enjoy a picnic, with our wine and local products while overlooking the Vineyard and the spectacular Beaufort Mountains! Generally open Fridays and Saturdays, Noon to 4:00 PM, May to August, or sales by appointment. For more information, and to purchase our wines online, please visit our website www. beaufortwines.ca

Locally owned and operated for over 35 years

TIRE & AUTO CENTRE WHEEL ALIGNMENT, BALANCING, BRAKES, TIRES, BATTERIES, TUNE-UPS, COMPLETE AUTO REPAIRS, LICENSED MECHANIC, CUSTOM WHEELS, TRAILER HITCHES

ALL TIRES ON SALE NOW! 370 PUNTLEDGE RD, COURTENAY

250-338-6505

Edgar Smith, Doug Smith, Phillip Smith Phone: 250-339-2913 Fax: 250-339-4057 Email: edgar@naturalpastures.com Website: NaturalPasturesBeef.ca 635 McPhee Ave., Courtenay

Farm Sale! Certified Organic grass fed Angus Beef. By the side or whole animal. www.NaturalPasturesBeef.ca At the Cheese Factory, 635 McPhee Avenue, Courtenay. Mon-Fri 9-4, Sat at Farmers' Market: Artisan Cheese, World Champion Comox Brie, Comox Camembert, Garlic Chive Verdebit, Canadian Champion Amsterdammer, Cracked Pepper, Hand carfter Asian Water Buffalo Mozzarella and Bocconcini. Special Seasonal Cheeses: Courtenay Cheddar, Pacific Pepper, Parmadammer, Fior de Latte, and others. www.NaturalPastures.com

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Bee Happy Farm

Ernie and Marge Thurlborn

Daniel Ludwig - apiarist Phone: 250-202-1999 Email: bigdsbees@gmail.com Website: www.bigdsbees.com 2186 Endall Road, Black Creek, BC

Phone: 250-337-5910 Email: ejt@shaw.ca 8376 Island Hwy., Black Creek, BC

1/2 mile north of Black Creek Store (same side) Pure local fresh unpasteurized honey from berry, fireweed and mountain flower nectar. Chemical free cosmetic quality capping beeswax. Novelty beeswax candles. Local fresh pollen. Bee equipment. Also for sale; our own non-import local bees for over 7 bee generations. Raspberries, Seedless Grapes, Tayberries, in season Tayberry plants.

Big D's Bees

9 Berry Best Farm Jane and Dave Aberle

Phone: 250-338-0234 Email: daveandjane@shaw.ca 2156 Coleman Road, Courtenay, BC

Growers of high quality organic strawberries, blueberries, raspberries. We also grow a large variety of organic vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, salad mix, spinach, summer and winter squash, corn, beans, peas, carrots, sunflowers. Our farm stand is open May to October from 10am 5pm. You can also find us at the Wed and Sat Farmers Market We also sell Okanagan fruit from our stand.

Big D's Bees Honey is a family owned and operated commercial Bee Keeping and Honey Distribution Company. Big D's Bees Honey produces Fireweed Honey, Blackberry, Wildflower, Creamy Honey, Creamy Cinnamon Honey and Creamy Cocoa Honey, which are sold at major grocery chains on Vancouver Island including, Save On Foods and Country Grocer, Edible Island in Courtenay and Healthyway Natural Foods Market in Campbell River. Start-up bee hives and equipment are available in the spring. Find Big D's Bees Honey at the Comox Valley Farmer's Market every Saturday throughout the year, and the Sidney Street Market on Thursday nights this summer. Honey is also sold directly at the farm all year round. For more info please visit www.bigdsbees.com or check us out on Facebook. Please call Daniel Ludwig if you have any questions or orders. EAT LOCAL - EAT HEALTHY - EAT HONEY!

Meat Pie Selection. Steak & Kidney- Steak Mushroom in Red wine - Aussie- Beef in GuinnessTourtier'e Chicken Curry- Chicken in Raspberry Cider- Shepherds Pie- Huge cabbage Rolls 8" Cornish Pasties .. Salmon in Scalloped Potatoes in cheese sauce.

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Fresh from the oven bigger than quarter pounders SAUSAGE ROLLS. $4.00 Saturday mornings only.......

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Comox Valley Secures 2015 Island’s Agriculture Show The Islands Agriculture Show Society (IASS) is pleased to announce that the 2015 Islands Agriculture Show will be held in the Comox Valley February 13-14, 2015. The annual show provides a forum for public education on agricultural products, services, and initiatives as well as an opportunity for farmers on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands to network. While the show has been successfully held in Duncan for the past 3 years, the Central location of the Comox Valley will provide easy access for members of the agricultural community from different areas of the island. The 2015 show will be held at the Florence Filberg Centre and the Native Sons Hall in downtown Courtenay. There are typically about 14 sessions over the two days, as well as information booths, trade show vendors, and food vendors present. “Holding the Island Agricultural Show here in the Comox Valley is a feather in our cap and testimony to the importance of one of our Valley’s most significant economic sectors.” says Brad Chappell, Board of Directors, Comox Valley Economic Development & Tourism and owner of Heart of the Valley Farms Angus. “It not only showcases the most up-to-date and advancing trends, technology and tools but creates and encourages a platform for sharing best farm and economic practices, which further invigorates potential investment in our growing sector. From my cattle ranching perspective, it is great to see the CVEDS taking the lead to secure the show in partnership with great regional partners who understand the importance and impact that such a show will have on our region, and in its ability to showcase both our progressive agricultural production and our leading edge farmers.” The IASS along with the Show Manager, Shari Paterson will work with local stakeholders including the Comox Valley Economic Development Society (CVEDS), Comox Valley Exhibition, Comox Valley Farmers’ Market, and the Comox Valley Farmers’ Institute to build on the high level of success achieved in the show’s first three years.  “We are constantly looking at ways to make improvements and find ways of keeping the show fresh and vibrant and one way to do that is to host the show in different regions so that communities can add their local flavour to the show” states Gary Rolston,  IASS Board member from the Comox Valley.

For more information on the Islands Agriculture Show, go to www.iashow.ca

agrifoodcomoxvalley.com

CIRCLE K BLUEBERRY RANCH 4004 Livingston Road, Royston 250.755.9688

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Blue Moon Estate Winery, Ciderworx and Kitchen

Marla Limousin & George Ehrler Phone: 250-338-9765 Email: george@bluemoonwinery.ca Website: www.bluemoonwinery.ca 4905 Darcy Road, Courtenay, B.C.

Tasting Room and Wine Sales: June 15st until September 15th, 1:00-6:00pm daily. Please check the website for hours outside of the summer season. Blue Moon Winery is a family owned and operated boutique winery and Cidery located on an organic berry farm, 4 minutes from downtown Courtenay. The winery produces small lots of premium award winning tree fruit and berry wines using only organic and sustainably farmed fruit and production practices. These fine handcraft wines and ciders are dry to off dry and are made in a traditional style. Something quite unique. To name a few, we have crisp apple, spicy blueberry, smooth pears and deep port styled wines. Blue Moon has a beautiful little tasting room that showcases all of the wines and offers walk in complimentary tastings, seasonal organic fruit, preserves from the farm, and art. The Winemaker's kitchen has cooking classes, Feasts at the Big Table and special private dining events that cater to your needs. Join Us!

12 Cedar Meadow Ranch Wayne and Mary Schaad

13 Celiam Acres Bill & Joyce Slater

Phone: 250-337-5784 Email: schaadwm@shaw.ca 1750 Surgenor Rd., Black Creek, BC V9J 1G6

Phone: 250-703-2646 Email: jfsrn@shaw.ca 2925 Baird Road, Courtenay

Available year-round: heavy wrapped round bale haylage, 1100+ lbs. Excellent feed for cattle and horses. Limited amount of good quality square baled hay in barn. Fresh lamb, hormone and antibiotic free, by the side or whole - available September while quantities last. We also raise registered White Romney breeding stock.

Naturally raised free run and free range cornish hens, ducks, chickens, turkey and geese in season. Naturally grown vegetables, fruit, berries in season. Free range eggs. No hormones, antibiotics, pesticides. At the Farmers' Market on Saturday and Wednesday. NO FARM GATE SALES.


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Circle K Blueberry Ranch Mike and Barb Kay

Phone: 250-755-9688 Email: mkkay@gmail.com Website: www.circleblueberryranch.weebly.com 4004 Livingstone Road, Royston, BC

Enjoy picking your own Blueberries at one of the few Certified Organic "U Pick" farms on Vancouver Island. Located in sunny Royston at 4004 Livingstone Rd. Duke, Blue-Crop, Hardi Blue and the popular Toro are available. Please call for Openings and Prices or check us out on Facebook or the web.

Black Estate 15 Coastal Winery Phone: 250-337-8325 Email: info@coastalblack.ca Website: coastalblack.ca 2186 Endall Road, Black Creek, BC

Same address as Big D's Bees. Coastal Black is a Fruit Winery and Meadery that has been open since August 2010. At Coastal Black you will find a refreshing look at modern farming practices, the wine industry and an excellent selection of Fruit Wine and Mead. Come and visit our tasting room for a sample of our award winning wines. Check our website coastalblack. ca for more information and hours of operation in our tasting room.

"GroWers of QualitY plants"

We GroW & sell ...

Perennials, Pond Plants, Trees, Shrubs, Hanging Baskets, plus much more!

We Wholesale ... all over Vancouver Island

We have enthusiastic horticulturalists ... on staff. Bring a sketch or photo and we will assist you in choosing the plants, trees and shrubs that will make your garden say “WOW!” We Want to inspire You to Be a Great Gardener!

Open 7 Days • 9am-5pm • anderton@shaw.ca • 339-4726 2012 Anderton Road, Comox (on the way to the Powell River Ferry)

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Cottage Farm

Rose Green & Paul Chalmers

Phone: 250-337-2357 Email: cottagefarm55@yahoo.ca Box #337, 7575 Gabby Road, Merville, BC

We sell naturally raised, hormone and antibiotic free pastured pork and free range eggs. Seasonal vegetables, blueberries, herbs, flowers, and more. Visit us at the Farmers' Market or at the farm.

Photo: Robin Rivers/Our Big Earth Media Co.

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Eatmore Sprouts & Greens Ltd.

Phone: 250-338-4860 Fax: 250-334-0216 Email: eatmore@shawbiz.ca Website: www.eatmoresprouts.com 2604 Grieve Road. Courtenay, BC V9J 1S7

(Old Island Hwy. heading north)

British Columbia Certified Organic PACS #16-084 Eatmore Sprouts & Greens Ltd. grows certified organic sprouts and greens year round for wholesale distribution throughout Western Canada. On less than four acres of land, Eatmore produces upwards of 8,000 pounds of fresh, healthy, organic sprouts every week! Products Available Sprouts: Alfalfa, Deli Blend, Garlic Blend, Clover, Broccoli, Mixed Bean Sprouts, Pea Shoots, Sunflower Greens and Micro Greens. Produce: We grow a small selection of salad greens and vegetables available in the summer. Find us on Facebook for daily updates. Our office hours are from 9:30am-3:30pm 7 days a week. We require 24 hours advance notice for all orders. Farm Tour: Due to food safety regulations and the wholesale nature of our operations, we do not offer farm tours at this time. Feel free to contact us for more information. Our farm stand will be opening summer of 2014!

Dan and Maggie Thran

Phone: 250-337-5553 Email: info@logcabinandbunkhouse.bc.ca Website: www.logcabinandbunkhouse.bc.ca 6301 Headquarters Road, Courtenay

Farm market open year-round. Sat 9-1. Natural grass fed beef, pork, chicken and eggs. Tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, jams & jellies, pies, bread, honey, local crafts and local in-season veggies. Natural farm grown Thanksgiving turkeys. Log cabin and bunkhouse for on farm accommodation and farm vacations.

All metal composter, composter,keeps keepsrodents rodents out! out! The last last composter composteryou’ll you’llneed needtoto buy! buy! Handbook included! Handbook included!

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Large lid for easy dumping

Chris & Roberta Shepherd

Phone: 250-334-4552 Fax: 250-334-4587 5147 N. Island Highway, Courtenay

We carry a variety of seasonal produce year round. Keep an eye out for Okanagan fruits by the case-lot. Willing to get your hands a little dirty? We have UPICK strawberries, peas, beans and pickling cukes. Our UPICK patches are family friendly, so bring the kids and show them how their food grows. They especially love the strawberry patch. Peas straight out of the pod are a close second. Want the perfect size pickles in your jars? You'll find everything from little gherkins to big bread & butters in our patch -- you decide what to pick. Bring your own buckets or use ours. Never picked before? We'll be happy to give you a little lesson. Spuds always available in 5, 10, & 50 lb. sacks. Have you tried our sweet corn fresh from the field? You've never had corn until you've had fresh corn. Our market is open year-round (Summer - 7 days a week, Winter Mon-Sat).

All metal construction; animals can’t chew through

Front door slides out for full access

Handle with cam latch keeps out raccoons Ventilation promotes aerobic decomposition Metal screen on the bottom allows worms, microbes and water to transfer; KEEPS RODENTS OUT For More Information

Toll Free 1-888-701-2303

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Estevan Tuna Corp. Bruce & Dianne Devereux

Phone: 250-334-7648 Fax: 250-334-2929 Email: ddevereux@shaw.ca Website: www.bctuna.com Courtenay, B.C.

Bruce and Dianne of the M.V. Estevan offer a full range of Pacific Albacore Tuna products including vacuum packed raw and cold smoked loins, tuna tataki, natural olive oil packed and smoked pop-top tins and tuna antipasto. Rich in protein, selenium and high in Omega-3, the B.C. Ministry of Health recently classed Canadian Albacore Tuna as a low-mercury fish with a 'no limits' consumption designation. Available year-round. To order call 250-334-7648 or visit our website www. bctuna.com

Janet, Robert and Shaun Crockett

Phone: 250-338-9046 Email: firridgefarm@hotmail.com 2166 Hardy Road, Courtenay, B.C. V9J 1T2

Bay Oysters 21 Fanny Seafood Shop

Phone: 250-335-1198 Email: seafoodshop@fannybayoysters.com Website: www.fannybayoysters.com 6856 South Island Highway, Buckley Bay, BC

(Denman Ferry Landing - Petro Can Building) Open April - September 9:00am - 6:00pm October - March 10:00am - 6:00pm

Local Oysters, Clams, Scallops, salmon, shrimp, mussels & prawns in season. Live crab year round. Will bring in exotics on request. From our Kitchen sushi, salad rolls and quiche. Wide variety of smoked salmon, and our world famous smoked oysters. We pack your seafood for safe travel.

22 Finlay Creek Farm Owen Selby & Judy Ryan

Phone: 250-338-9743 Email: judyryan@shaw.ca 2731 Rennison Road, Courtenay

Farm Market Open July till October, Saturdays 11 am. to 3 p.m.

Photo: Boomer Jerritt

Fir Ridge Farm

Great selection of in season veggies, plants, homegrown beef, handmade soap and crafts and lots more!!! All grown/made right here on Finlay Creek Farm in the Comox Valley. Bulk orders welcome if product available. Find us at the Farmers’ Market, local grocery stores & restaurants

Organic Sprouts & Green Grown in the Comox Valley Year Round! 2604 Grieve Road, Courtenay, BC V9J 1S7 Phone: 250.338.4860 | www.eatmoresprouts.com

Farm Stand: Free range eggs year round. Early spring spinach, salad greens and rhubarb. Naturally raised broiler chickens and grass fed beef. Plums and apples from the original home orchard. Large unique coloured field grown hellebore plants. Farm, Deer, Dog, Garden Fencing Services

24 Glen Alwin Farm Smith & Nixon families

Phone: 250 338 3525 or 250 792 0888 Email: glenalwin@shaw.ca Website: www.glenalwinfarm.net 6126 Island Highway North, Courtenay

Glen Alwin Farm is located just north of Tsolum school and was established in 1884. We sell naturally raised beef and lamb which are grass fed and hormone/ antibiotic free, and second cut hay and wool. Find us at the Comox Valley Farmers Market in Courtenay on Saturdays: at the Pier Street Market, Campbell River on Sundays, May 5 - Sept 29. Phone for farm sales. Acacia Cottage, a self contained holiday cottage is available by the night or week for your farm vacation.

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Comox Valley Farmers open their gates to cyclists See the farm-to-fork process firsthand and taste the results!

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omox Valley Farmers are offering up a special treat again this summer. Up to 25 farms and businesses are opening their gates to cyclists, participating in the Farm Cycle Tour of the beautiful Comox Valley, to give a ‘behind the scenes’ experience in the farm-to-fork process with a chance to meet the farmer, explore the source of the produce and taste some fresh samples of their harvest before it goes to market or the restaurants. Come rain or shine, the Comox Valley Farm Cycle Tour offers three self-guided cycling routes on Saturday, Aug. 9 and Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. Farms will open their gates to cyclists from 9a.m. to 4p.m., giving visitors a rare chance to meet local producers and participate in farm tours, demonstrations and farm markets. “This is our fourth year hosting the Comox Valley Farm Cycle Tour,” said Tyler Johns, chair of the Comox Valley Farm Cycle Tour and member of the Comox Valley Cycling Coalition. “We will be adding a few new farms for variety, and perhaps adding some musicians and guest chefs at repeat host farms, to add to the experience for riders.” The three self-guided cycling routes range from 20km up to 50km and include berry to dairy farms, wine tastings to heritage vegetables, sprouts to oysters, and the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market.

SATURDAY AUGUST 9TH, 2014 Back Road Bliss – A moderate cycling itinerary that begins at the Comox Valley Farmers Market and goes northward with visits to a number of interesting farms. Rural Ramble – This family friendly shorter itinerary also begins at the Comox Valley Farmers Market and visits farms in the Dove Creek area. SUNDAY AUGUST 10TH, 2014 Bayviews – This moderate route begins in the Buckley Bay area (south of Courtenay) and includes farm visits from Royston to Fanny Bay and where you will experience great views of the Strait of Georgia.

Hosted by the Comox Valley Cycling Coalition and in partnership with the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market Association, Comox Valley Farmers’ Institute and Discover Comox Valley, the cost to participate in the Farm Cycling Tour is $15 per person, per day or $25 for the two days. Kids under 15 ride for free! For more information on the participating Farms or to register for the Farm Cycling Tour, visit www.cvfarmcycletour.com

Gunter Bros. Meat Co. Ltd. • LOCALLY RAISED BEEF, PORK, LAMB & POULTRY • HOMEMADE SAUSAGES, BACON, HAMS, CURED MEATS • ALWAYS FRESH, READY FOR THE BBQ OR OVEN! • CUSTOM MEAT PROCESSING • SIZZLING SAVINGS 6200 Ledingham Road, Courtenay 250-334-2960 • 1-888-593-7773 • gunbros@telus.net


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Gunter Bros. Meat Co. Ltd. Harry & Dennis Gunter

Phone: 250-334-2960 or Toll Free: 1-888-593-7773 Fax: 250-334-9580 Email: gunbros@telus.net 6200 Ledingham Road, Courtenay, BC

Gunter Bros. is a third generation Comox Valley business specializing in custom meat processing. We have facilities to process beef, pork, lamb and also exotic animals such as bison and fallow deer. Over the years we have developed a number of our very own homemade sausages, which we offer for sale along with homemade bacon, hams and other cured meats. In our fresh showcase you can always find fresh local meat ready for your BBQ or oven.

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Gya Glyn Farm Bill & Karen

Phone: 250-337-4337 8328 Island Hwy, Black Creek, BC V9J 1H6

Naturally Grown, Naturally Raised, Naturally Good! Family farm and greenhouse producing naturally grown produce: veggies, fruit, eggs and meat. Grassfed, pasture raised: beef, lamb and pork. Asparagus, Rhubarb, Raspberries, Apples, Garlic and assorted veggies in season. Check for availability as it all goes quick.

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Halstead Farm

Phone: Merville: 250-337-5589 Comox: 250-339-5321 Email: halsteadfarm@gmail.com 931 Williams Beach Road, Merville, B.C.

Megan Halstead & Chris Hancock - 931 Williams Beach Road, Merville Jim & Ann Hunter Mais - 1845 Queens Ave., Comox Certified Organic chicken, Berkshire pork, and organic vegetable & herb bedding plants. Come visit us at the Saturday Market! Fresh or frozen whole chickens, bonein or bone-out breasts, legs, thighs, drumsticks, and sausages available June through Thanksgiving. Plants available seasonally, especially heritage tomatoes and winter vegetables. Berkshire pork available by the side or in various cuts and sausages. Nitrate free cured hams and bacon! Farm visits or farm gate sales available by appointment or buy direct from Ann in Comox!

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Happy Hound Hazel's Creek 28 29 Hydrangea & Farm Produce Farm Laura Agnew & Rob Hollands

Kirk & Allison

Phone: 250-941-2711 Email: happyhound@shaw.ca 1989 Waveland Road, Comox, BC

Open Late Spring - Fall 10 - 6 most days

Fresh seasonal produce (including wide variety of salad greens, kale, swiss chard, sorrel, snow peas, shelling peas, rhubarb, garlic, tomatillos, bay leaves and other herbs, fruit and berries), beautiful hydrangea flowers - many kinds, shapes and sizes (great for weddings and other special occasions!), flower bouquets, and try our delicious homemade salsas, pickles, preserves, jams and jellies. Farm gate sales at our farm stand. Please phone or email us to place orders or book an appointment to see our hydrangeas. We look forward to seeing you!"

Phone: 250-335-2625 Email: laura@unionbaycatering. ca Website: www.unionbaycatering. ca 550 McLeod Road, Union Bay, BC

Seasonal produce, berries & apples available at farm stand in front. Our all natural product line, eggs & duck meat upon request. Also available at the CV Farmers Market. Hazels Creek Farm is also the home of As You Like It Products & Catering. Qualified chef doing quality catering for all occasions

Farm Gate Hours Mon - Sat 9am - 5pm Black Creek, BC V9J 1B4

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Hazelmere Farms Lijen and Sherlene Hua

John Grayson & Joan Costello

Phone: 250-336-2308 Fax: 250-336-2308 Email: h.sherlene@gmail.com Website: www.hazelmerefarm.blogspot. com 3222 Grant Road, Courtenay

Certified Organic Farm (PACS #16-074) Eggs. Mix vegetables include unique oriental kinds. Fruits include fig, white peach, hardy kiwi, sour cherry, black currant, raspberry, apple and pear. We also use local meat and our own vegetables for making pork wontons.

Phone: 250-335-3019 Email: johngraysonbc@gmail.com Website: www.hornbywine.com 7000 Anderson Drive, Hornby Island, BC V0R120

Hours: June to September - Daily 1pm to 5pm

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Ann, Niels and Erik Holbek

Phone: 250-337-5710 Email: nholbek@telus.net 2586 Hamm Road, Black Creek, BC

Our Black Angus stock are for sale in the late summer and fall by the side or quarter. The herd is grass fed. No hormones or antibiotics are administered. These well looked after animals graze in the spring, summer and fall on our pastures and forested grasslands. Customers are welcome to visit. In addition, we normally have round bale silage, 2nd cut hay and landscape boulders available for sale.

HUGE selection of animal care products

Hornby Island Estate Winery

Small, friendly, family-run, Estate Winery where EVERYTHING SPARKLES! Founded in 1999, we make Sparkling Wines from our own organic fruit as well as fruit from the Comox Valley. Bubbly flavours include Cranberry, Cranberry-Chocolate, and Apple. The bubbles say it all millions of handcrafted tiny bubbles in each and every bottle. Try our Sparkling Waters too! Open Daily for complementary tastings from 1PM to 5PM June to September. Or call for an appointment. To purchase online please visit our website.

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Made on the Island, for the Island

BLACK CREEK LOCATION

7648 North Island Highway Black Creek, BC V9J 1G6 778.428.4444 • Fax 778.428.4443 • Mon-Fri 8:30am-6:00pm • Sat 8:30am-5:00pm • Closed Sun & Holidays


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Innisfree Farm

Chanchal Cabrera MSc, Medical Herbalist & Thierry Vrain PhD, Soil Biologist

Phone: 250-336-8768 Email: thierryv@telus.net Website: www.innisfreefarm.ca 3636 Trent Road, Royston V9N 9R4

Open June to November

We are a natural lifestyles learning centre with residential internships, educational workshops and Horticulture Therapy summer camps for children. We grow culinary and medicinal herbs, flowers, berries, and vegetables. We run a subscription weekly box program from June to November and our Market Stand is open also June to November. The farm has an apothecary garden, a labyrinth and a meditation garden. Guided tours by request. See our banner in this edition. - See more at: http:// discovercomoxvalley.com/eat/growersguide-listings#!www.dcvdb.com/embed/ detail/?id=416

34 Ironwood Farm

Bryne & Barbara Odegard

Phone: 250-335-2557 Email: ironwoodfarm@shaw.ca 8301 Island Hwy South, Fanny Bay, BC

Established 1996. Certified Organic grown veggie, plants, fruit, strawberries and more. Farm stand open 1:00 pm onwards most days. Join us on Facebook at Ironwood Farm Certified Organic to see what's current. Comox Valley Agricultural Business of the Year Award 2011

35 Island Bison

Marc & Lisa Vance; Dick & Carol Watson

Phone: 250-650-9303 Email: sales@islandbison.com Website: www.islandbison.com 3100 Hamm Rd. Black Creek, BC

Our family just recently purchased the Island Bison Farm in Beautiful Black Creek. We are excited to be here and be a part of the local farming community. Our bison are free ranging, 100% grass fed, and are free of any added hormones or antibiotics. You can purchase our tasty bison at many of the local restaurants, smaller grocery stores, and at the Farmers Markets. Or take a country drive up Hamm Road and purchase right from our farm gate store. Eat bison for the health of it!

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3 Anderton Nursery 5 Ashprington Farm 7 Beaver Meadow Farms / Natural Pastures Cheese & Beef 11 Blue Moon Estate Winery, Ciderworx and Kitchen 13 Celiam Acres 14 Circle K Blueberry Ranch 18 Devonshire Farm 19 Eatmore Sprouts & Greens Ltd. 20 Estevan Tuna Corp. 22 Finlay Creek Farm 28 Happy Hound Hydrangea & Produce Farm 36 Island Dahlias 39 Little Orca Bakery 41 McClintock’s Farm 42 McGinnis Berry Crops Ltd. 43 Morrison Creek Alpacas 44 Nature’s Way Farm 48 Pressing Matter 50 River Meadow Nursery & Turf 52 Rusty Gate Meadows 57 Servante Farm 58 Shamrock Farm 59 Sieffert Farm Market (Lazo & Tyee Farm Ltd.) 63 Tannadice Farms Ltd. 64 Tree Island Gourmet Yogurt 65 Valley Succulents 66 Victorian Acres Farm 67 Watrin Orchard/Garlic Ranch/ Angelina’s Gourmet 69 Windhover Farm

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P: 250-897-3302 www.southcountryfeed.ca

• Fencing Gates Horse Tack Posts • Pet Food & Supplies Livestock Feed Veterinary Supplies • Hay Wood Stove Pellets

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ARLIC FEST August 10, 2014, 12pm to 4pm Specializing in Garlic with over 10 varieties

Live music, food & refreshments Sample tastings of the farm’s famous garlic jam Garlic braiding workshops, & Tours Fun for the Kids - Face painting and Hay jumping pits www.facebook.com/AmaraFarm 2641 Kirby Rd, Courtenay BC

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Island Dahlias Jack Bush

Phone: 250-339-9985 Email: beachwood6@shaw.ca 1270 Mayfair Rd. Comox, B.C. V9M 4C2

Farmers Market, Saturday morn or located at the garden till June for tubers. Cut flowers for home or wedding occasions after mid-July. Come visit the garden till 4pm everyday or call to make an appointment. Colourful, Dazzling, Enjoy!

Just Like 37 Mom's Homemade Baking Bev O'Hara

Phone: 250-335-0239 265 Muschamp Road, Union Bay, BC

Baking Mama's home-made goodies are available in a quaint, self serve "Bakery Cottage" just south of Union Bay - Muschamp Rd and 19A. Goodies vary daily, but count on fresh-baked muffins, breads, cookies. In the fridge/freezer, find fruit and cream pies, farm fresh eggs, cakes, frozen soups, meat pies, pizza dough & cinnamon buns. Homemade jams (especially blackberry from her own berries) make great gifts. This seaside "rest stop" offers beverages, ice cream, picnic tables and an oceanview.

from the pavement to the gravel

IRITEX

PUMPS AND IRRIGATION INC. SERVING THE AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITY WITH QUALITY PRODUCTS FOR OVER 22 YEARS. • PUMPS • CERTIFIED DESIGNER • SPRINKLERS • ALUMINIUM FITTINGS • DRIP LINE • MICRO-IRRIGATION

• PIPE • FILTERS

we offer a complete line of farm tires

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401 Puntledge Road, Courtenay 250 897 1093

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#12-1009 ALLSBROOK RD 4635 B MADRONA PLACE PH 250.248.7028 PH 250.338.5020 FX 250.248.7046 www.iritex.ca FX 250.338.5024

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Kate's Flowers Kate Ramsey

Phone: 250-338-2516 Email: kdr04@shaw.ca 6752 Rennie Rd, Courtenay, BC

Macs Oysters Gordy McLellan

Phone: 250-335-2129 or 250-335-2233 Email: patrick@macsoysters.com Website: www.macsoysters.com 7162 South Island Highway, Fanny Bay, BC

Plants available at CV Farmers' Market April through June. Greenhouse sales by appointment. Basket stuffers, hanging baskets, custom planters for weddings or special occasions. Order March through June.

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Little Orca Bakery Hubert Gravoueille

Phone: 250-334-9911 Email: rhoj5@shaw.ca #4-2441 Cousins Ave., Courtenay, BC

Welcome to Little Orca Bakery. Fresh, friendly and french! Hubert, an excellent pastry chef, has a luscious selection of delectable pastry items for breakfast, lunch and snacks! Please browse his stand Saturday at the Courtenay Exhibition Grounds Farmers' Market on Headquarters Rd, Wednesday at Comox Bay Farm as well as Sunday at the Campbell River Market.

We’re a part of your

healthy life. www.islandfarms.com

Mac's Oysters Ltd. is an integrated shellfish farm, processor and exporter that is owned and managed by the original farmers, the McLellan family. Mac's is recognized as a pioneer in oyster and clam aquaculture on Canada's Pacific Coast. Mac's Oysters has a variety of shellfish brands grown in 8 different farm sites comprising 250 hectares of beach and deep water leases. Though our clients are distributors, we produce to please the consumer. Our clients are comfortable, knowing that their shellfish sales are supported by knowledge and experience spanning four generations. "Farm-Gate" Pricing and Quality for our Clients Importers, Wholesalers and Distributors World Wide. For clams and oysters, visit our store Monday to Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm, Saturday and Sunday 9:00am to 5:00pm


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41 McClintock's Farm Crops 42 McGinnis Berry Ltd. Gerry, Val & Sandra McClintock

Phone: 250-334-4562 Email: mcclin@island.net Website: mcclintocksfarm.ca 3419 Dove Creek Road, Courtenay

Family friendly U-pick raspberries and blueberries ready early to mid July. Award winning sweet corn at the Farmers' Market mid August . We also have frozen ground beef, beef sausages and fresh Natural Pastures water buffalo cheese. Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 8am to 1pm. Interac available. Our new crop of water buffalo babies are due in July! Come out and meet them!

Richard & Mega McGinnis Phone: 250-338-1678 Email: mcginnis@berrycrops.net Website: www.berrycrops.net 3583 Dove Creek Road, Courtenay

Vancouver Island’s Artisan Yogurt Company Named Top 40 Foodies under 40 by Western Living Magazine

Founding member of the Comox Valley Farmers' Market. Raspberries: Mid to late July. Picked or U-pick. Also Black Currants. For up to date information on raspberries please visit our website.

43 Morrison Creek Alpacas Theresa Schlagel

Phone: 250-334-4527 Email: mcalpacas@gmail.com 4254 Miromar Road, Courtenay, BC

Morrison Creek Alpacas offers 100% alpaca and alpaca blend batts, rovings, and yarns in a variety of colours and grades. Come meet the producers and snuggle up next to our very friendly animals. Please call ahead for ranch visits.

Find our Yogurt Comox Valley Farmers’ Market and select health & specialty stores Artisan Tours - Fridays at 6pm RSVP by calling 250-334-0608

www.treeislandyogurt.com

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Nature's Way Farm

Marla Limousin & George Ehrler

Gordon & Tracey Peter

Phone: 250-338-9765 Fax: 250-898-8597 Email: marla@natureswayfarm.ca Website: www.natureswayfarm.ca 4905 Darcy Road, Courtenay, B.C.

You can find us at: Our Farm: June 15th to September 15th 1:00 - 6:00pm, daily OR at the Farmers Market: Saturday and Wednesday. For 25 years Natures Way Farm has been growing the highest quality fruit and vegetables using organic principles and practices for our customers. Each fruit is handpicked and inspected with a careful eye. We specialize in fruit: blueberries, strawberries, tayberries, raspberries, apples and plums. New for 2014 - A You-Cut Dahlia garden. Seasonally we make pasteurized apple juice and our kitchen makes jams and preserves from the products we grow. Located approximately 5 minutes from town, the farm is also the home to Blue Moon Estate Winery and Blue Moon Kitchen where the love of food, farm and wine comes together. For quantities over 10 lbs, please call to pre-order our delicious blueberries. Dont worry, if you dont need a large supply, you can buy pints, 2 lbs, and 5 lbs at our farm stand or at the Farmers Market.

Paradise Meadows Poultry

Email: nobletracey@aol.com 8486 B Island Hwy. Black Creek, BC

Facebook: ParadiseMeadowsPoultry

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Outback Nursery Willems Family

Email: outback.nursery@gmail.com Website: www.outbacknursery.ca 6016 Headquarters Road, Courtenay, BC, V9J 1M7

Annette: 250-702-3417 Roger: 250-702-3415 Michelle: 250-702-4715 Cody: 250-218-8015 Messages: 250-703-0723

Outback Nursery, established in 2000, is a family-owned and operated nursery and retail garden centre. We grow something for everyone and are one of the largest nurseries north of Nanaimo. Stroll around and enjoy the many established beds throughout the property. Be inspired by the fantastic selection of shrubs, conifers, specimen trees and Japanese Maples. Mixed in are fruit trees, berry plants, ferns, hostas and grasses. We have bark mulch by the bag or the yard. Also fish compost, mushroom manure and container mix. Hanging baskets are available for a short time through April and May. Order early as they sell quickly. Prices start at $17.00. NEW *a fabulous selection of pottery, birdbaths, statuary and benches* See our website for a complete listing of plants we grow. www.outbacknursery.ca

We are a fully licensed facility. We slaughter custom and our birds, and turkeys. We have fresh every week, open Wednesday and Saturday, 9 to 5. Phone Gord 250-897-8008 or Tracey 250-897-6902

47 Pattison Farms

Gerry & Dagmar Pattison

Phone: 250-337-8738 Fax: 250-337-8772 Email: patfarm@telus.net Website: www.pattisonfarms.com 2124 Dzini Road, Black Creek, BC

We are a certified organic vegetable farm, located in the heart of Black Creek. Come and visit our Farm Stand open May - October, 7 days a week from 9am to 6pm. In the spring we have vegetable starts available for the home gardener, and many varieties of fresh vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, greens, peppers, beets, beans, fresh cut basil, summer and winter squash, throughout the growing season. Fruit also available: apples, pears, and raspberries. Check out our website, or find us on Facebook! Certified Organic by IOPA 1931

Got fruit to press? Call us.

250-338-9765

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Pressing Matter

George Ehrler, Marla Limousin, Christal & Andy Quinn Phone: 250-338-9765 Email: info@pressingmatter.ca Website: www.pressingmatter.ca 4722 Condensory Road, Courtenay, BC

Seasonal We press matter into juice. Seriously, Pressing Matter is a certified organic mobile juicer, offering commercial orchards, private homeowners and non-profit organizations a mobile service to process fruit into fresh juice. We provide state of the art processing with high-tech equipment, innovative flash pasteurization and convenient Bag-inthe-Box packaging. With pasteurization, the boxes of juice can be stored in a cool dry environment for up to a year. No more need to freeze your juice. Since anytime is great to gather people and share in a harvest, why not promote a harvest-time celebration in your neighbourhood or community. For information about juicing your tree, your orchard, your neighbourhood or community or your fundraising project, contact us at info@pressingmatter.ca. Or call 250-338-9765.

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River Meadow Nursery & Turf

Katherine & Nicolas Samsom

Email: rmn@rivermeadownursery.com Website: www.rivermeadownursery.com 3125 Piercy Avenue, Courtenay, B.C.

Turf Farm: 250-338-8354 Nursery: 250-338-4111

We grow over 100 varieties of trees and shrubs on our 60 acres in the City of Courtenay. High quality locally grown trees, shrubs, hedging for all your landscape needs. Our turf farm at 4738 Condensory Road has acres of high-quality turf for your instant deep, green, weed-free lawn. We sell both retail and wholesale and offer volume discounts.

51 Ross Mountain Farm Michelle White and Steve Ross

Phone: 250-286-1795 Email: michelle@rossmountainfarm.ca Website: www.rossmountainfarm.ca 75 Petersen Road, Campbell River, BC

49 Rankeillour Farm David & Jennifer Millard

Phone: 250-337-0202 Email: rfarm@telus.net Box 242, 7493 Howard Rd. Merville, B.C. V0R2M0

Pasture raised free range chickens, turkeys, and eggs. Non-medicated all veggie feed. Available at the Farmers Market or from the farm by appointment.

Ross Mountain Farm specializes in fresh blueberries and other seasonal produce. We pick for you, so call or email to place your blueberry order. Smaller quantities will be available at the Pier Street Farmers' Market Sundays or drop by when the farm gate is open on Evergreen Road during harvest. Check our website, find us on Facebook or phone for up to the minute details of what's fresh, farm gate hours and directions. Thanks for supporting local agriculture! Islands Organic Producers Association Certified Organic. IOPA #1917

52 Rusty Gate Meadows Anne & Erwin Eigler

Phone: 250-331-0503 Email: aeeigler@xplornet.com 3393 Dove Creek Road, Courtenay, BC

Free run farm fresh chicken. Our chickens are fed nonmedicated veggie feed. We also have eggs and hay sales year round. Rusty Gate Meadows is a family operated farm. We are 5 minutes from downtown Courtenay at 3393 Dove Creek Road. Call 250-331-0503 or drop by for gate sales year round.


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Scrumpy's Apple Press

Frank & Rae Brett

Phone: T 250-337-8592 C 250-792-1889 Email: scrumpysapplepress@gmail.com Website: scrumpysapplepress.ca 7590 Armstrong Road, Merville, BC

Early Season:- 17th Aug - 7th Sept. Sundays only Regular Season:- 11th Sept - 27th Oct. Open 5 Days / week (Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon) Late Season:- 2rd Nov - 23rd Nov. Sundays only. Opening hours for all days Fruit delivery 7:30 am - 9:30 am Juice pick-up 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm Scrumpy's is a small sized family owned business offer fruit juice extraction of inseason customer apples, pears and other soft fruits. Pressings are kept separate so each customer receives only juice from their fruit. Offering friendly same day service with a smile.

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Seal Bay Farm

Dennis, Maria and Douglas Lightfoot Email: dlightfoot@telus.net Website: sealbayfarm.weebly.com

Fresh, local food with a bit of kick is what we do at Seal Bay Farm. We are well-known for our Hot Pepper Jellies and Hot Sauces, as well as other seasonal favorites like Cranberry Salsa. We also grow a wide assortment of fresh veggies, fruits and herbs that we sell at the Farmers' Market, as well as for use in our jellies and sauces. In the spring, we have bedding plants for sale to take home for your own garden. Please visit us at the Saturday market for a taste of fiery local flavour.

Photo: Lia McCormick

1-800-387-3232 fcc.ca

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Seaview Game Farm Paul Pfleger

Phone: 250-337-5182 Fax: 250-337-5231 Email: info@seaviewgamefarm.com 1392 Seaview Road, Black Creek, B.C. V9J 1J7

Farm-raised venison, beef, fresh produce and value-added products are available in our retail store and at Comox Valley Farmers Market. Located on the ocean, our 168 acre farm offers unique accommodation in an Oceanside Yurt as well as a picnic site and full service campsite rentals. It's a great location for special events. Summer tours on the farm consist of a tractor pulled cart; a visit to our petting/mini-farm, the greenhouses and gardens. Call ahead for store hours and tour availablility: 250-337-5182

58 Shamrock Farm The Farrell Family

Phone: 250-339-1671 Email: shamrockfarm@telus.net Website: www.shamrockfarm.ca 2276 Anderton Road, Comox

Photo: Robin Rivers/Our Big Earth Media Co.

56 Seeds Food Market Tina and Jim Willard-Stepan

Phone: 250-336-0129 Website: www.seedsfoodmarket.ca 2733A Dunsmuir Ave., Cumberland, BC

Visit this charming small-town Green Grocer for an opportunity to buy locally grown and manufactured food from all over Vancouver Island. We carry a wide selection of fresh produce, local meats and fish, as well as deli items, baked goods and dry goods. Bringing farm market products to Cumberland 7 days a week. Located on the corner of Dunsmuir and 3rd Street.

57 Servante Farm Garry& Sheila Collins

Phone: 250 338 0110 Email: servante@live.ca 3505 Dove Creek Road, Courtenay, BC

Our farm produces top quality orchard grass hay. Stacked in the barn for easy U-load. Delivery can be arranged for orders over 100 bales. Available August/September by appointment only. Feed the Best, Call Us!

PUMPKINS. PUMPKIN PATCH. GARLIC. APPLES. LAVENDER. PLANTS. HERBS. HONEY. GOAT MILK SOAP. FARM ANIMALS. We are a small family run farm and are passionate about sustainable farming, providing the highest possible quality of life to all our animals, and sharing our farm with the community. Our popular PUMPKIN PATCH is open daily October 1st -31st. U-pick pumpkin patch, pumpkin barn, hay maze, pumpkin contests, friendly barnyard animals, impressive displays, school pumpkin patch tours. FREE admission. Our road-side farm stand is open year-round. Selling seasonal grown produce, eggs, and farm products. Phone orders always welcome. Our LAVENDER HARVEST event runs over four days in mid July. FREE Admission. Please see our website further information and dates. Follow us on facebook & twitter, we post often to keep everyone up to date on farm happenings.

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Bob & Charlene Seiffert & Chris Edwards Phone: 250-339-2988 Fax: 250-339-0788 720 Knight Road, Comox, B.C. V9M 3T3

We grow and pick fresh daily a variety of in season vegetables in our fields and greenhouses, including tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, spinach, carrots, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, a wide variety of potatoes, 17 varieties of corn and lots more. Our market is open from late May to early November. Hours are 10am to 6pm May to September and 10am to 5pm October and November. For potatoes during the winter, please give us a call.

Discover the Taste of the Comox Valley Guided tours of farms, food producers and wineries


www.royallepage.ca #121 750 Comox Road, Courtenay, BC

Home Grown Sales People specializing in Farms, Hobby Farms and Acreages. Call one of them to find your garden oasis

250-334-3124 | 1-800-638-4226 royallepagecv@shaw.ca | www.royallepagecomoxvalley.com


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60 Simply Divine Honey & Herbals Suzi MacLeod & Jeremy Dick

Phone: 250-337-8181 Email: sdivine@telus.net 6868 Railway Ave., Courtenay B.C.

Honey, Herbal Body Care products, Blueberries The industrious and intriguing honeybee is a constant source of inspiration for us. Many of the same flowers that bees collect nectar from can be used in herbal preparations to ensure health and wellbeing. We keep bees and grow herbs on our farm in Merville, B.C. Our Simply Divine Body Care line has been a local favorite for over 10 years and is plant based, using ingredients grown on our farm. You can visit us every Saturday at the Farmer's Market and find our delicious honey, beeswax candles, soothing and effective body care products, our sweet blueberries and a Certified Herbalist and Master Beekeeper ready to share knowledge and to serve you.

Quality Horse and Livestock Fencing • Wire • Rail • Boards • Bayco • Deer, dog, privacy fencing

Post Pounding Custom Field Work SHAUN & ROBERT CROCKETT Serving the community for over 20 years

2166 Hardy Rd. Courtenay 250-338-9046 firridgefarm@hotmail.com

Island Scallops Ltd Home of the Qualicum Scallop

Visit our store Mon. to Fri. 8:30 - 5:00 Weekends 9:00 - 5:00

(250) 757-9811 www.islandscallops.com sales@islandscallops.com

3505 Dove Creek Rd, Courtenay BC

(250) 338 0110

Valley Succulents 250.465.1338 Regular Hours

Fri: 12pm-5pm, Sat: 1pm-5pm, Sun: 10am-4pm Or by appointment | www.valleysucculents.ca

2210 Anderton Rd., Comox B.C.

Top quality Hay in the Comox Valley Pickup by appointment only


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Stone Croft Farm Glen & Kathy Beaton

Phone: 250-702-7529 or 250-334-7159 Fax: 250-337-5229 Email: glenandkathybeaton@live.com 2165 Kelland Road, Black Creek, BC

Phone ahead or catch us on the farm if you can :) "Friend" us on Facebook. Fresh Free Range Turkey Thanksgiving and Christmas: Size: S 10-15lb, M 16-19lb, L 20-25, XL 26-30lb. PLEASE PRE ORDER Frozen meal sized servings of ground, breast, thighs and sausages available year round. More products from our Farm: Blueberries (frozen in winter) gooseberries, a variety of vegetables, oats, Neepawa wheat, and all kinds of feathers. Our family values free range, sustainably grown products. Our Heritage turkeys are hatched, raised and processed right on the farm without chemicals. Our produce only has organic sprays and fertilizers. Phone for an appointment to bring the kids to our farm to see how we work with nature to produce your food.

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Stoney Bog Farm

Carl Goldscheider & Cyneth McKinnon

Phone: 250-337-1910 or 250-218-4702 Email: stoneybogfarm@gmail.com 7522 Island Highway, Merville, BC

U-PICK Blueberries, July through September. The berries are never sprayed, we use biological pest controls. U-Pick is open Thursday through Sunday. Free Range, pasture raised chicken, antibiotic and chemical free. Fresh chicken available every Thursday and Friday, frozen available everyday. Some other seasonal vegetables and fruits available, also Lamb and Beef. Farm is open to the public: Wednesday through Sunday, 9am to 6pm or phone for an appointment.

63 Tannadice Farms Ltd. Heather & Allen McWilliam

Phone: 250-338-8239 Fax: 250-338-8239 Email: info@tannadicefarms.com Website: www.tannadicefarms.com 3465 Burns Road, Courtenay

Beef, pork and pastured poultry raised in a natural, humane and environmentally sound manner. No medicated feed, no hormones and no animal byproducts in the feed. Farm store open Saturdays 9 to noon, or by appointment or chance. Phone or email orders.

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Tree Island Gourmet Yogurt

Scott DiGuistini and Merissa Myles

Phone: 250-334-0608 Email: info@treeislandyogurt.com Website: www.treeislandyogurt.com 3747 Island Highway South, Courtenay, BC

Hours: Fridays at 6pm - Tours by RSVP

Named top 40 foodies under 40 by Western Living Magazine. We are Vancouver Island's #1 Artisan Yogurt. We use non-homogenized whole milk from grass-fed cows and traditional kettle cooking to make authentic cream-top yogurt. Find our yogurt at the Comox Valley Farmers' Market and selected health and specialty food stores. Tours offered on Fridays at 6pm by RSVP only to info@treeislandyogurt.com

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Valley Succulents

Jamey Lauinger

Phone: 250-465-1338 Email: jameylauinger@telus.net Website: www.ValleySucculents.ca 2210 Anderton Rd, Comox, BC

Valley Succulents is a cacti and succulent specialty nursery located at 2210 Anderton on the way to the Little River Ferry. We grow a wide range of plants suitable for the collector or novice alike. Visit us at the Farmers Market Saturday mornings or come by the nursery. Hours are Fridays 12 to 5; Saturdays 11 to 5; Sundays 11 to 4. Visit us online at www.ValleySucculents.ca

Summer Features

David and Sandy Todd

Phone: 250-338-4964 • Fax: 250-338-6178 Email: info@victorianacresfarm.ca Website: www.victorianacresfarm.ca 3964 Dove Creek Road, Courtenay, B.C. V9J 1S1

Victorian Acres farm is located in the heart of Dove Creek - only 5 minutes from downtown Courtenay. A local family farm that has been providing the best of quality farm products to businesses and residents in the Comox Valley for the past 20+ years. All of our products are naturally raised with no growth hormones or antibiotics. Available for sale - Grass-fed Beef, Chickens, eggs, Turkeys and various Turkey Products plus Hay Sales. Best to book your Thanks Giving or Christmas Turkeys now as we sell out every year. Welcome to our farm! See us at the Comox Valley Farmers Market

250-338-7772

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Victorian Acres Farm

#1 2946 Kilpatrick, Bayview Plazza

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Bring in Your Seasonal Fruit for Delicious Wines

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Gourmet Seafood shop offering a variety of fresh, frozen and ready to eat seafood. 820 Shamrock Pl, Comox, BC • (250) 339-6412

www.salishseafoods.net

Try our sizzling summer cider Great Flavour Selections


2014 Comox Valley Growers Guide Photo: Lia McCormick

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Weinberg's Good Food

Leah Weinberg and Gerald Richardson

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Watrin Orchard/Garlic Ranch/ Angelina's Gourmet

Larry & Angelina Watrin

Phone: 250-339-7784 Email: lrwatrin@shaw.ca 1507 Philmonte Rd., Comox, B.C. V9M 4B2

Open July thru October, Fridays & Saturdays 1pm - 5pm Our farm is located at the corner of Anderton & Philmonte Rds, in rural Comox. We are not a certified organic, however we use organic methods on our farm. We strive to produce high quality fruit, vegetables, preserves, apple juice, fruit popsicles, rhubarb & garlic to sell at the Farmers Markets in Courtenay (Comox Valley Farmers Market on Saturdays 9am - Noon) & Campbell River (Pier Street Farmers Market on Sundays, 10am - 2:30pm) & also at our own Market on our farm (Fridays & Saturdays 1pm - 5pm). We also have honey, bee pollen, raw/unpasteurized apple juice, apple cider vinegar, apple chips & local farm fresh eggs for sale. Another of our specialties is a wide variety7 of our own delicious preserves (jams, jellies, chutneys, hot sauces, & salsas) made by Angelina in our commercial kitchen.

Phone: 250 335 1534 Email: weinbergsfood@gmail. com Website: www. weinbergsgoodfood.com 6856 Island Hwy S Fanny Bay

9am - 6pm everyday

Weinberg's is a little oasis located at the ferry terminal to Denman Island in Buckley Bay. We are proud to serve up some of the best espresso around! Weinberg's has a little bit of everything... specialty meats and cheeses, local and organic produce as well as hand-made cutting boards, special soaps, ceramics, cards and fun socks...you may find something a little different every time! As we like to say, "Sometimes missing the ferry ain't so bad!" Find us under the Petro-Can next to the Seafood Shop7 days a week

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Windhover Farm

John and Andrea Burch

Phone: 250-338-7750 Email: burch@island.net Website: www. comoxvalleyberries.com 3499 Dove Creek Road, Courtenay

STRAWBERRIES, RASPBERRIES AND BLUEBERRIES U-pick and We-pick. Three different varieties of each berry for extended season and better taste. Also available at the farm; pastured eggs, chicken, pumpkins, squash and more. Open June to October. Check our website for 2014 opening dates, hours and all our farm news. All fresh, all local, all season long. Summer mornings picking berries in the Comox Valley...a wonderful tradition for all ages. We look forward to seeing you at the farm this season. We are located in beautiful Dove Creek on the Tsolum River just 5 minutes from downtown Courtenay.

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CO M OX VA LLE Y

Award Winning Wineries The Comox Valley is proving that Vancouver Island wineries are key players in British Columbia’s vibrant wine industry. Beaufort Vineyard and Estate Winery, Coastal Black Estate Winery, Blue Moon Estate Winery, and 40 Knots Estate Winery and Vineyard continue to produce award winning wines. Together Comox Valley Wineries have been awarded an abundance of Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals from various competitions such as the All Canadian Wine Championships, the North West Wine Summit, Savor Northwest Wine Awards, the Fingerlakes International Wine Competition, and the International Wine Challenge.

www.discovercomoxvalley.com


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Comox Valley Growth Factors AGRIFOOD ACTIVITY Field Crops...................................................... 10,443 acres Greenhouse Production................................... 65,992 sq. m. Nursery Products............................................ 138 acres Poultry........................................................... 33,628 livestock Cattle (Milk and Beef)..................................... 8,248 livestock Pigs................................................................ 565 livestock Sheep & Lambs............................................... 2,094 livestock Horses & Ponies.............................................. 552 livestock Shellfish (Oysters & Clams) ............................ 10 million lbs. 2001 Census of Agriculture and British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, 2005

AGRICULTURAL GENERAL FACTS Agricultural Land Reserve............................... 23,054 ha / 56966 acres Total Area Farmed........................................... 9630 ha / 23797 acres Average Farm Size........................................... 22.3 ha / 55.1 acres Number of Farms............................................ 432 Average Revenue (per acre)............................ $1,312.00 Total Farm Capital.......................................... $504 million Total Gross Farm Receipts............................... $31.2 million Total Cash Wages Paid.................................... $7 million Source: 2011 Census of Agriculture

CLIMATE Mean High Temperature.................................. 13.4C / 56.1F Mean Low Temperature................................... 5.5C / 41.9F Mean Daily Temperature................................. 9.5C / 49.1F July avg. high temperature............................. 22.5C / 72.5F Jan avg. low temperature................................ 0.3C / 32.5F Avg. Annual Precipitation................................ 1400mm / 55.12in Ave. Monthly Rainfall (May to Sept)................ Less than 50mm/1.79in Avg. Annual Snowfall...................................... 50cm / 19.69in Avg. Hours of Sunshine................................... 1,938.6 Source: Canadian Forces Base Comox Weather Services Unit, 50 year averages

COMPARISON OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITION FOR GREENHOUSE PRODUCTION CLIMATE DATA

COMOX VALLEY

DELTA BC

ABBOTSFORD BC

1939*

1919

1836

12

12

10

Vapour Pressure (kPa)

0.96

1.02

0.96

Elevation (m)

24

20

54

Sunlight Hours (Yearly Average)

Wind Speed (Km/h)

* Sunlight hours for Comox based on the yearly average hours from 1989–1997. Sunlight for Abbotsford based on estimated Climate Normals 1961-1990. Climate information from Environment Canada, Climate Normals 1961-1990

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Comox Valley Farmers Market

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YEAR ROUND BOUNT Y

ach week valley residents and visitors alike are treated to a wonderful array of local food options while they enjoy the fun festive atmosphere at the Comox Valley Farmers Market. With food trends moving more toward fresh, local and sustainably grown choices, we are truly blessed in this Valley to be surrounded by hundreds of farms. With its extensive farm vendors the Comox Valley Farmers Market has been a staple source of healthy local food for more than 20 years. It is one of the few Farmers Markets in Canada that is open year round; operating from early April to late October at the Exhibition Grounds and moving into the Native Son’s Hall in the Fall through to April. All year vendors provide everything from Bison, beef, lamb and poultry, fish and seafood to cheese, yogurt, gelato, honey and spices and salt, dressings, preserves and take home and ready to eat meals and more than 100 varieties of vegetables and fruits. For customers this Farmers Market is the source for the freshest of vegetables – often picked only hours earlier, as well as a place to try new and different varieties of veggies, processed foods, fish and meats. For farmers, it is a staple source of income for their farm

business, a place to try new products, and get feedback from customers. For folks considering the environmental costs of industrial food production they are a source of sustainably or organically grown food. For kids, they are a place to play, experiment with new foods, and connect with the people who grow their food. For communities, they are one of the tools that ensure farmland is preserved and valued. And for everybody they are a place to slow down, chat with neighbors, make new friends, enjoy some local music and feel a real sense of community. Happy bellies and smiles all around. Visitors to the market rave about the abundance of product, the friendly atmosphere, and the great local musicians that bring folks together each week to collect the bounty of the Valley. Some folks come for breakfast, some come for their week’s groceries, and some come to visit. Whether it’s an hour or two, or a few minutes, it’s the highlight of the week for many Valley families. The Comox Valley Farmers Market is open from 9-12 every Saturday year round, as well as Wednesdays during the summer. Find them at www.comoxvalleyfarmersmarket.com or on facebook for more information.

Though our building may be small OUR HEARTS ARE BIG for the pets and their owners in our community and beyond!

WE BELIEVE IN THE VALUE THAT COMES WITH OWNING A PET. It has been proven time and time again the positive interaction that exists between people and animals. Whether large or small, taking care of animals enhances the quality of human life on many levels. We believe owning a pet shouldn’t be a luxury but be available for all walks of life. We also firmly believe front line services such as vaccinations, spaying and neutering are the fundamental steps to responsible pet ownership and be made available to all pet owners in our community. We look forward to our continued care of our large animal clientele and are very pleased to welcome the opportunity to now extend our services to care for the small animal pets of the North Island and surrounding areas.

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�ward Winning, Island Grown, Fruit Wines & Meads TAKE A BREAK FROM THE GRAPE AND TASTE THE DIFFERENCE FRESH LOCAL INGREDIENTS MAKE. From dry and crisp to bold and intense, our hand-crafted wines are a unique island taste. Our beautiful vineyard has over 120 acres of cultivated blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and honey, harvested right here on the island. To compliment our vineyard we also have a beautiful seasonal bistro to enhance your experience at Coastal Black.

Book a tour to visit our winery and taste the wine in person, or look for us at your local retailer and pick up a bottle or two.

The winery is situated on over 650 acres at the base of Mt. Washington.

We strive for best organic practices on our land, air and waterways.

Enjoy a tasting session in our beautiful tasting room.

2186 Endall Road, Black Creek, BC 250-337-8325 | coastalblack.ca


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